Jan 272015

I’m thrilled to read that most of the wines stolen from The French Laundry have been recovered. I’m puzzled, however, about why someone would risk prison time stealing these wines. There are certainly some wines that are worthy, but if Decanter is correct, the wines stolen were mainly last-decade vintages. Now there are probably a couple of La Tache and Grands Echezeaux for which I would risk hard time and, supposedly, a few that actually COULD BE drinkable now, but think about it. Would one REALLY risk being in prison during the prime period to drink the stolen goods? I know, I know, they were stolen to resell, but the same principle applies to the “receiver of the stolen goods.”

So now I have a new project. One of my great wine friends, Ken Anderson, has a bucket list of wines he wants to drink before he dies. I think I’ll start my own bucket list: “Wines I’d go to Leavenworth for”. This begs the question: What wine would YOU do hard time for?

Jan 182015

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Finally got a day nice enough to grill these beauties Jeff brought back from Rube’s Steakhouse in Montour, Iowa.

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With Smitten Kitchen’s take on Michael Chiarello’s Winter Panzanella. My assistants hung out with me while I roasted the squash. Silly dogs — they’d rather have squash than steak.

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Not sure what heppened to this label, but the wine was just fine! 1999 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino.

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Twice bakeds, brussels sprouts, big honkin’ rib eye and winter panzanella salad.DSC00754 edited
Wish I’d thought of this earlier — this wine needed a little longer in the decanter and every bottle I’ve opened has needed a day to clear up. Must be unfiltered as they have all been cloudy at first.

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And peppermint cookies to end the meal. C’mon football nap.